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Awa-Williams takes control in choosing return to Hawaii

By Cindy Luis

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» Jazzmin Awa-Williams
» Senior forward
» Hawaii Pacific women's basketball

It's all about control.

Both staying in control and controlling what you can.

Jazzmin Awa-Williams was reminded of that last week when she and the rest of her Hawaii Pacific women's basketball teammates took to the road for their first conference games on the mainland. The Sea Warriors (13-4, 7-1) went 2-1 when playing three contests in five days in California, seeing their 12-game winning streak and perfect PacWest record snapped Saturday at Dominican 70-65.

"You can't control the weather. You can't control the refs," said Awa-Williams, who was limited to 19 minutes of playing time in the loss because of fouls. "We can control how we play as a team because that's the attitude that got us those wins.

"It was a tough loss, but the only thing you can do is learn from it and move on."

Awa-Williams is used to winning. The all-state selection led Konawaena to two state championships and two runner-up finishes while playing for her aunt Bobbie Awa.

When Jeff Harada was hired for the HPU job, Awa-Williams was one of the first players he wanted to recruit. But she had already signed with Colorado-Colorado Springs.

"I told her that if she ever got homesick ..." Harada said.

Awa-Williams did miss Hawaii. Although she was having personal success at UCCS -- 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds -- "the team wasn't doing very well," she said. "I knew that Coach (Harada) had been building a winning program, and I wanted to be part of it."

The broadcast journalism major rejoined her former Konawaena teammate Mana Hopkins-Vandenakker last season and helped the Sea Warriors to their first PacWest title and NCAA tournament appearance.

"Our goal is getting to the postseason again," Awa-Williams said. "I'm trying to take it game by game. It's about fire and drive, not being complacent. Putting all the pieces together, and staying out of foul trouble."

"We're still in it (for the PacWest title)," Harada said. "We have eight games left. It's all about how we respond from the loss. We'll see what we're made of."

NOTES

Hogue hosts media day

PacWest commissioner Bob Hogue hosts media day for baseball and softball on the Internet tomorrow at pacificwestsports.tv.

Each 1-hour program includes the announcement of the all-conference team and coaches preseason poll. Softball begins at 10 a.m. and baseball at 11 a.m.

Hawaii Pacific is the NCAA Division II national softball champion. The Sea Warriors will receive their championship rings tomorrow during the break between the HPU/BYU-Hawaii women's and men's basketball games at Blaisdell Arena.

3 ranked in regional poll

The PacWest has three teams ranked in both men's and women's basketball for the first time in conference history.

In the NCAA Division II West Region poll for men's basketball, Chaminade is ranked fifth, with BYU-Hawaii eighth and Dixie State 10th.

In women's basketball, Dixie State is ranked No. 2, Grand Canyon sixth and Hawaii Pacific 10th. Both Dixie State (No. 11) and Grand Canyon (No. 12) are ranked nationally in the USA Today ESPN Coaches Top 25.

HPU debuts radio show

HPU Sports Beat with Brent Curry, Hawaii Pacific's newly named sports information director, debuts at 2 p.m. today on ESPN 1500.

The featured guest is Sea Warriors athletic director/men's basketball coach Darren Vorderbruegge will be in studio.

Curry replaces John Barry, who is now with the University of Hawaii's media relations department.

 

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BASKETBALL

MEN
  W L Pct. GB All
BYU-Hawaii 5 1 .833 -- 10-5
Grand Canyon 5 1 .833 -- 10-6
Dixie State 4 2 .667 1 11-5
Chaminade 4 2 .667 1 11-7
Hawaii-Hilo 5 3 .625 1 13-6
Hawaii Pacific 5 3 .625 1 10-10
Acad. of Art 2 6 .250 4 5-13
NDNU 1 7 .125 5 3-15
Dominican 1 7 .125 5 1-17

Last week
Hawaii Pacific 58, NDNU 49
Academy of Art 66, Hawaii-Hilo 64
Grand Canyon 66, Chaminade 57
BYU-Hawaii 83, Dixie State 61
Dominican 79, Hawaii-Hilo 73
Hawaii Pacific 68, Academy of Art 64
Grand Canyon 69, BYU-Hawaii 64
Dixie State 70, Chaminade 52
Hawaii Pacific 74, Dominican 70
Hawaii-Hilo 71, NDNU 60

Scoring

  FB 3FG FT Avg
Chang, BYUH 109 21 59 19.9
Overton, AAU 116 36 65 18.3
Smith, UHH 149 0 45 18.1
Davis, AAU 109 21 53 16.4
Bennett, CU 89 18 73 14.9
Wilde, UHH 109 6 49 14.4
Mollet, NDNU 88 26 56 14.3
Whitehead, DSC 66 32 61 14.1
Whippy, BYUH 82 3 40 13.8
Ford, NDNU 73 9 90 13.6

Rebounding
  Off Def Total Avg.
Whippy, BYUH 61 108 169 11.3
Dirra, CU 50 122 172 9.6
Wilde, UHH 42 118 160 8.4
Hayden, AAU 33 95 28 7.1
Smith, UHH 44 88 132 6.9
Jackson, HPU 41 87 128 6.7
Hanson, CU 20 82 102 6.4
Allen, HPU 37 87 124 6.2

Field-goal percentage
  GP FB FGA Pct.
Smith, UHH 16 131 226 .580
Diarra, CU 18 91 161 565
Jones, DSC 16 69 126 .548
Wilde, UHH 19 109 206 .529
Larson, Dom 18 81 154 .526
Whippy, BYUH 15 82 156 .526
Edwards, HPU 17 79 158 .500
Hanson, CU 16 61 123 .496
Mollet, NDNU 18 88 178 .494
Shipman, UHH 19 68 140 .486

Assists
    GP No. Avg.
Bennett, CU   18 91 5.1
Gipson, UHH   19 94 4.9
Gameren, BYUH   13 61 4.7
Barnes, DSC   16 70 4.4
Speed, GCU   16 59 3.7
Whippy, BYUH   15 50 3.3
Robotham, AAU   18 58 3.2
Fricke, NDNU   18 51 2.8
Cole, DSC   16 45 2.8
Chappell, HPU   20 54 2.7
Shipman, UHH   19 49 2.6

Free-throw percentage
  GP FT FTA Pct.
Carrol, GCU 16 33 35 .943
Chappell, HPU 20 87 99 .879
Whitehead, DSC 16 61 72 .847
Speed, GCU 16 33 39 .846
Ale, BYUH 15 36 44 .818
Storment, NDNU 18 39 47 .809
Haskins, CU 15 34 44 .773

3-point field goals
45: Hanson, CU. 36: Dastrup, BYUH; Overton, AAU. 35: Snel, UHH. 32: Whitehead, DSC. 25: Ale, BYUH.
Steals
48: Whippy, BYUH. 28: Gipson, UHH. 21: Speed, GCU; Allen, HPU. 20: Bennett, CU; Robotham, AAU. 19: Shipman, UHH; Edwards, HPU. 18: Cooks, HPU.
Blocks
56: Diarra, CU. 26: Fricke, NDNU. 24: Ngoundjo, GCU. 20: Kone, AAU. 16: Shipman, UHH; Smith, UHH.
WOMEN
  W L Pct. GB All
Dixie State 6 0 1.000 -- 18-1
Hawaii Pacific 7 1 .875 -- 13-4
Grand Canyon 5 1 .833 1 17-2
Hawaii-Hilo 4 4 .500 3 8-8
NDNU 3 5 .375 4 6-11
Acad. of Art 3 5 .375 4 5-12
Dominican 3 5 .375 4 5-13
Chaminade 1 5 .167 5 1-12
BYU-Hawaii 0 6 .000 6 1-14

Last week
Hawaii Pacific 71, NDNU 54
Academy of Art 70, Hawaii-Hilo 62
Grand Canyon 105, Chaminade 36
Dixie State 87, BYU-Hawaii 52
Hawaii Pacific 67, Academy of Art 65
Dominican 61, Hawaii-Hilo 56
Grand Canyon 94, BYU-Hawaii 43
Dixie State 99, Chaminade 44
Hawaii-Hilo 60, NDNU 53
Dominican 70, Hawaii Pacific 65

Scoring

  FG 3FG FT Avg
Murphy, GCU 146 58 128 25.1
Brown, DSC 93 2 75 16.4
Rieben, BYUH 81 50 33 16.3
Hurley, UHH 77 0 57 16.2
L. Zasly, NDNU 87 23 44 16.1
Hill, DSC 90 9 74 15.5
K. Zasly, NDNU 76 14 58 14.9
Nelson, GCU 03 6 33 12.9
Adams, DSC 73 40 31 12.8
Hopkins, HPU 78 5 50 12.4

Rebounding
  Off Def Total Avg.
Mullins, NDNU 71 111 182 10.7
Hurley, UHH 50 87 137 10.5
Brown, DSC 50 116 166 10.4
Nolan, AAU 50 112 162 9.5
Buster, HPU 55 77 132 7.8
Carlson, DSC 30 99 129 7.6
Butler, GCU 55 79 134 7.1
Peets, AAU 44 65 109 6.4
Schultz, UHH 27 55 82 5.9

Field-goal percentage
  GP FB FGA Pct.
Butler, GCU 19 66 101 .653
Hurley, UHH 13 77 122 .631
Hill, DSC 17 90 157 .573
Carlson, DSC 17 56 99 .571
Nolan, AAU 17 78 139 .561
Brown, DSC 16 93 170 .547
Schultz, UHH 14 47 89 .528
Awa-Williams, HPU 16 73 149 .490
Murphy, GCU 19 146 312 .468
Vore, NDNU 17 61 132 .462
Savini, HPU 17 57 124 .460

Assists
  GP No. Avg.
Tompkison, BYUH 13 73 5.6
Nelson, GCU 19 87 4.6
Saia, NDNU 17 61 3.6
Brown, DSC 16 55 3.4
London, AAU 17 54 3.2
Nolan, AAU 17 52 3.1
Huskey, HPU 16 48 3.0
Kirihara, UHH 16 46 2.9
Awa-Williams, HPU 16 46 2.9
Imai, UHH 16 46 2.9

Free-throw percentage
  GP FT FTA Pct.
Murphy, GCU 19 128 142 .901
Janusch, Dom 17 77 88 .875
Hill, DSC 17 74 85 .871
Smith, GCU 19 51 60 .850
Rieben, BYUH 15 33 40 .825
Hooper, BYUH 15 35 44 .795
Tompkison, BYUH 13 27 34 .794
Imai, UHH 16 41 53 .774
Rickard, CU 10 20 26 .769
Griggs, AAU 17 40 54 .741
Hopkins, HPU 17 50 68 .735
L.Zasly, NDNU 15 44 60 .733
Awa-Williams, HPU 16 43 59 .729
Huskey, HPU 16 43 59 .729
Vaaimamao, UHH 15 50 69 .725

3-point field goals
58: Murphy, GCU. 50: Rieben, BYUH. 49: DeRosier, AAU. 40: Adams, DSC. 26: Janusch, Dom. 23: L. Zasly, NDNU. 19: Imai, UHH.

Steals
63: Nelson, GCU. 51: Murphy, GCU. 46: Rieben, BYUH; Hill, Dom. 33: Tompkison, BYUH; K. Zasly, NDNU. 32: Ahakuelo, CU; Huskey, HPU.

Blocks
65: Carlson, DSC. 21: Buster, HPU. 16: Hurley, UHH.

CALENDAR

Today
Radio
PacWest Softball Media Day: 10 a.m., pacificwestsports.tv.

PacWest Baseball Media Day: 11 a.m., pacificwestsports.tv.

HPU Sports Beat: 2 p.m., 1500-AM.

TV
PacWest Magazine: 8 p.m., OC-16.

Tomorrow
Basketball
Women: BYU-Hawaii at Hawaii Pacific, 5:30 p.m., Blaisdell Arena. KWHE-TV.

Men: BYU-Hawaii at Hawaii Pacific, 7:30 p.m., Blaisdell Arena. KWHE-TV.

Thursday
Basketball
Women: Hawaii-Hilo at Chaminade, 5:30 p.m., McCabe Gym.

Men: Hawaii-Hilo at Chaminade, 7:30 p.m., McCabe Gym.

Saturday
Women: Hawaii-Hilo at BYU-Hawaii, 5:30 p.m., Cannon Activites Center.

Men: Hawaii-Hilo at BYU-Hawaii, 7:30 p.m., Cannon Activites Center.

 






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